Germany Approves Partial Ban on Burqa

The German parliament has approved a partial ban on face coverings including the burqa and niqab.

Lawmakers approved a law that would prevent civil servants, judges and soldiers from wearing the Islamic full-face veil at work.

The burqa is a veil that covers the whole face, while the niqab leaves the eyes uncovered.

Germans may be required to remove face coverings for identity checks when voting.

The law is largely symbolic—few women in Germany are thought to wear Burqas or Niqabs, though exact numbers are not known.